The Met Office issues yellow weather warning for heavy rain across the New Forest and Christchurch tomorrow (Thursday)
A WEATHER warning for heavy rain has been issued by the Met Office for the New Forest and Christchurch for tomorrow (Thursday).
The yellow alert, which comes into force at midnight and is expected to last until 6pm, could cause flooding and disruption to travel.
The organisation is warning that spray and flooding on roads could make journey times longer and says bus and train services will probably affected.
Flooding of a few homes and businesses is possible, as is some interruption to power supplies and other services.
The Environment Agency has issued flood alerts for Christchurch Harbour and tidal stretches of the Lower Stour and Avon.
It said: “As a result of high spring tides and forecast weather conditions, tides will be at their highest tomorrow morning [Thursday ]at 10:45am.
“Areas most at risk include Christchurch Harbour and tidal stretches of the Lower Stour and Avon.
“No property flooding is expected.”
The EA added it would be closing flood gates in the area as a precaution.
It is also warning that flooding is possible in areas including Burgate, Downton, Fordingbridge and Ringwood.
It added: “A gradual easing of conditions over the past week is likely to be reversed following a fresh band of heavy rain in the next 24 hours.
“We do not expect property flooding at this stage, but some roads are likely to be impassable once more.
“Avoid driving through flood water if at all possible as your bow wave can cause damage to nearby homes.
“EA staff will continue to monitor the situation locally.”
The Met Office is predicting between 30-40 mm of rain and strong winds, gusting up to 50 mph, are possible near coasts.